Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Paths

No, I haven't forgotten that I was making 12 six inch Drunkard's Path blocks each week for 13 weeks in order to move this UFO forward. 

Above are the blocks I made last week. 

 And above are the blocks for this week already.  
And that makes 179 (if I've been counting and adding correctly) blocks of the 224 I'm aiming for. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Purple 2.5 Inch Scraps

This week I used my purple 2.5 inch scraps. 
With the addition of a few six inch HSTs  - some cut from scrap chunks but most left overs from the Parts Department - I used my 2.5 inch purple scraps (and  few yellow and red 2.5 inch scraps) to make lots of little HSTS that ended up in six 10 inch Crazy Lady of the Lake blocks.  This is a RSC project carried over from last year. 

And speaking of (very old) RSC carry over projects...I made a couple of Sprout blocks, a couple of Depression Blocks and had a few HSTs left over for a little Broken Dishes block for the Parts Department. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

In the Pink (Strings)

The last few weeks I've been sorting strings and other scraps.   And I told myself if I'm going to keep these scraps I need to get something made out of them because they definitely take up a lot of space I don't have.  I sorted strings into four separate piles - 
1. pinks and whites
2.  earthy colors - greens, yellows, browns
3. light blues, grays
4. brights

I set aside the brights to use in donation quilts for kids. 

 I'm starting with the pink and white box. I'm surprised I have so many pink scraps but a lot of these were pieces left over from sheets I used for quilt backs for girls.  The nice thing about strings is that they are basically already cut so I don't have to do too much prep work. 

 I have decided to try something new and different with each box of strings.  
 So far I've made some BIG wedge paper foundations and made 16 string wedges.  I haven't trimmed them yet. 

I'm thinking about what to do next.  And I'm thinking I might have enough of this pink polka dot fabric for some pink string centers. 

I work on these a little bit in between working on projects that require more precision like making all those small flying geese for my Blind Man's Fancy sashing or like adding the outside circles to those Boho Roosters or like making a bunch of 2.5 inch scrappy purple HSTs for this week's RSC projects or like sewing up a dozen Drunkard's Path blocks every week.  

In the Pink (Strings) is for break times. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's a Finish! Birthday Wishes

 Birthday Wishes
60 x 72

My husband shoveled a path to the clothesline so I could go out and take a few photos now that the weather has warmed up just a little. 

I participated in a Birthday Club several years ago.  Members request a block for their birthday month and I requested any star in 30s reproductions on a blue background.  I was thinking these stars were from two different Birthday Clubs but now that I look at the stars it looks like I made all but about 8 of them. Most of the blocks I received were on solid blue backgrounds. I guess I'm a little wilder. 

My birthday wish was a Star sampler.  I don't know what took me so long to get this together since I only needed one more star to make a total of 30. 

I did variable width straight line quilting on my DSM in a variegated blue thread. 

 I was afraid to begin with that when the lines were closer together the quilt would be stiff. It's not.  I used a light weight 100% polyester batting and maybe that's why?  Most of the time I use Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 and I'm thinking that's a little heavier and might have made it stiffer.  Anyway, it all worked out and I like it a lot. 
For the backing I used a gingham that's a little wrinkly like seersucker but it's not seersucker. 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Four Place Mats

Four Halloween themed placemats
12 x 18

In an effort to use my holiday fabrics this year (a Holiday Cheer Challenge) I made these place mats out of scraps for my Halloween loving daughter - family of four.  Her daughter, my granddaughter, was born on Halloween.  They love to decorate (I don't) and collect a lot of vintage Halloween items. The cat fabric in the center of the stars is a small feedsack piece my daughter found at a garage sale.  

I used some bigger print scraps for the back sides, zigzagged together little bits of batting and quilted with some loops and stars on my DSM (the other day when I quilted Cattywampus). I didn't have any  Halloween pieces big enough to use for binding so found an orange dotty fabric.  And since I prefer binding sewn down by hand that's what I did. 

Now back to dreaming of spring. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Getting Ready for the Hoop

I'm having a bit of carpal tunnel flareup these days so haven't been able to do hand quilting on the current quilt in the hoop and, darn it, I don't have much left to do.   So I decided to plan ahead and get the next quilt in the queue pin basted. Luckily I don't put many pins in when I pin baste because closing up all those safety pins isn't much easier to deal with when carpal tunnel comes around.  

 Anyway... this is Coin Toss (maybe Roy G. Biv's Coin Purse would be a better name?)  - 63 x 77 and ready for some hand quilting sometime soon.  It's a Chinese Coin quilt made from scraps and bits and pieces from the Parts Department. 

I pieced together some gray fabric I had on hand because I figured the rainbows I'm going to hand quilt into this quilt will show up on the back.   I'm going to use a variety of threads to do some big stitching. I'm planning to start in the middle and quilt some vertical lines in variegated colors of the rainbow. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Purple 3.5 Inch Scrap Edition

This week I worked in my purple 3.5 inch scraps.  Can you tell I recently made a Halloween 16 patch quilt that used 3.5 inch strips?   

I ended up making six inch bow ties...

... and three inch snowballs with dark corners because last year I made three inch snowballs with light corners.  Can you tell I used 3.5 inch solid purple strips in a variety of shades to make a pansy quilt? 

Then I added a few things to the Parts Department.  Those little odd four patches were made with the little pieces left over after I cut the 2 inch squares for the bow ties. I used to throw them into the crumb box but decided to try to use them instead.  And that big long strip??? That is made from the 3.5 inch scraps that are smaller than a 3.5 inch square.  At the end of the year I'll probably make all of them into a Chinese Coins quilt.